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First ‘Saturday Surgery’ this weekend before cup match


The Robins Trust will be holding a regular ‘Saturday Surgery’ before each home match.

The new idea has been created to allow supporters  to approach members of the organisation to discuss any Club or Trust related issues that they may have, enabling us to represent them.

There will also be an opportunity to purchase a 50/50 draw ticket and join the Trust, now reduced to just £5 annually following last month’s AGM.

Our first surgery is this weekend (November 4), ahead of the FA Cup first round match against Maidstone United at Whaddon Road.

You’ll find Acting Chairman Tarran Wilson and new board member Jack O’Neill located in the main bar between 1pm and 2.30pm.

Other members of the Trust, including the Fan Elected Director, will be dotted around the ground and will be happy to discuss any supporter matters.

Come and say hello!

Trust members receive ticket priority for Forest Green Rovers match

Robins Trust members will receive ticket priority for November’s historic first Football League Gloucestershire derby.

November’s ‘El Glosico’ clash with Forest Green Rovers at The New Lawn will see a large travelling contingent of Robins heading to Nailsworth.

With tickets likely to be in high demand, the Trust have, once again, secured ticket priority, ahead of general sale tickets.

Tickets will go on sale to season ticket holders, club staff and away travel club members on October 31 through to November 7.

Robins Trust members will then have a priority window running between Thursday, November 9 and kick off in the League Two home match with Luton Town on November 11.

Trust chairman Tarran Wilson said: “Once again, Trust fan elected director Murry Toms acted quickly to secure this benefit for Trust members.

“While season ticket holders and regular away supporters are, of course, deserving of advance priority, it’s great that Trust members are given this added benefit.

Trust membership is now just £5 for adult members and we already have guaranteed ticket priority for any future big Cup ties for all members.

“We are all looking forward to the first Gloucestershire Football League derby and I’m sure that tickets will sell out in the away end.

“Anyone who wants to join the Trust can do so on our website www.robinstrust.org or by visiting our new Trust Surgery on home match days in the main bar.”

You must be signed up as a Robins Trust member by Wednesday, November 8 (11.59pm) to be eligible for second tier priority ticketing.

TICKET WINDOWS FOR GAME AT FOREST GREEN ROVERS 

Priority 1
Season ticket holders and Travel Club members (and matchday staff)
Tuesday 31 October to Tuesday 7 November (includes the home game v Maidstone United.)

Priority 2
Robins Trust, 500 Club and shareholders
Thursday 9 November to 3pm on Saturday 11 November (i.e. up to kick-off in Luton Town game.)

Priority 3
General sale
Saturday 11 November (immediately after the Luton Town game.)

West Ham programme notes: Nights like these are what it’s all about


The Robins Trust provides some thoughts for the club’s matchday programme for each home game – here’s what we said for the West ham United edition:

Nights like these are what it’s all about. You quickly forget the 4am finishes, the motorway standstills, dreadful service station sandwiches, grotty hotels and last minute defeats when West Ham United and the TV cameras roll into town. What a fantastic occasion it promises to be and another one to add to the memory bank.

There has been just 16 days since we were paired with the eastenders and tonight’s match, leaving the club little time to pull together a plan. The Trust were represented in the initial meeting the day after the draw to advise on pricing and priority but the club got it spot on both counts.

Having a say in these discussions is so important and a major reason for being part of the Trust. It’s a direct line into the meeting and I can assure you, the club take note. We’ve seen dozens of new sign ups in recent days, each of which guaranteed their match ticket by joining. It’s another of the Trust’s key selling points following an agreement between the Trust and the club back in the day.

We offered help in terms of bodies to help ease the pressure on club staff over the week, but in the end they weren’t required. Credit to Luke James, the club’s ticket office manager. It’s no mean feat to service the demand but together with a handful of regular volunteers, his operation ran smoothly. Well done all.

It’s great to welcome back those supporters that don’t come as often as the rest of us. These evenings are so important if the club are going to grow its regular attendances over the season. Making our big games better is key to attracting people back to Whaddon Road and we look forward to seeing you all again soon.

For the diehard fans this is reward for all the time, effort and money invested into the cause. We’ve had some big ones down the years against Fulham, Sunderland, Tottenham, Everton, Newcastle and of course West Ham United but we’ve never nicked a result, losing them 15-3 on aggregate.

A famous cup win would be the coup de gras to mark the 20-year anniversary of our Wembley win. And hopefully we’ll see a few of you back for the important match against Exeter City on Saturday.

Murry Toms
Fan Elected Director

Crawley programme notes: it’s important to look back to move forward

The Robins Trust provides some thoughts for the club’s matchday programme for each home game and we’ll publish them on our website a few days afterwards:

I’m still very much finding my feet as Fan Elected Director.

Annoyingly I’ve been stitched with the parking space between Paul Bence and Andy Wilcox, but on the positive side I’m massively encouraged with the way the board are backing our new ideas.

We had another positive meeting to discuss the future of the Robins Trust this week. Bryan Jacob’s extraordinary gesture gave every Cheltenham Town supporter a voice at board level, but our membership of fewer than 300 people remains a source of frustration.

I always think it’s important to look back to move forward. We’re lucky in a sense that for 20 years now we have had a huge amount of success on the pitch, give or take a few moments to forget, so the role of the Trust hasn’t needed to be a militant one. The club has been run sustainably and we’ve been rewarded with so many great memories as a result.

Before Bryan’s contribution the idea of raising enough capital to take a seat at the top table was a pipe dream. A lot of hard work went into establishing the organisation and fundraising but the end goal was always a long way off. But everything changed overnight.

So how do we build for the next 20 years? We have a responsibility to continue to raise funds – every penny of which is invested into the club in exchange for shares – but as the fourth biggest shareholder in the club we now need to be far more representative of the town and supporter base.

There’s obviously not enough of us for starters, which we’re looking to change. We want at least a thousand people on board and we hope to reveal our plans to achieve that at our AGM in October, because it’s not unrealistic in my eyes given the crowds we get at Whaddon Road.

There is some terrific work going around the place by the Community Trust, Academy and Ladies and we need to tell the story of what they’re doing in a much better way. I’ve been talking to everyone involved and we hope to work far more closely with them to make sure the town knows what’s going on here.

You only have to look at the excitement created by several England sides this summer, including a stunning success by the great Keith Downing with his Under-19s, to realise that there is much more going on at clubs beyond the first team. Recruitment and community are key.

Our Open Day was a big hit and it perfectly encapsulated the three themes we’re trying to put centre stage this season. The current playing squad and staff were fantastic, mixing with supporters ahead of the new season. The Ladies, Academy and Community Trust held interactive sessions and the legends gave up their Sundays to play a crucial part in our Crowdfunder campaign.

The past, present and future working together – as you may have seen during the away kit launch at Pittville Pump Rooms.

We’re giving it all prominence online, across social media, on the scoreboard, in the new-look programme and on the new BBC Gloucestershire show every fortnight. It’s so important to get the #OurTown message out there.

But while I represent the Trust at board level, the Trust doesn’t truly represent the supporters and we have to come together to improve that.

We’ve got the seat, but now we need to speak confidently on behalf over everyone.

Murry Toms, Fan Elected Director

Members guaranteed ticket for West Ham

Robins Trust members will be guaranteed a ticket for Cheltenham Town’s Carabao Cup tie against West Ham United.

As has been the case with previous high-demand games, Trust members will benefit from being in the second priority tier, after season ticket holders and club shareholders
The Trust’s Fan Elected Director Murry Toms has been involved in discussions regarding the ticketing arrangements and has made strong representations on behalf of Trust members.

Trust acting chairman Tarran Wilson said: “As soon as the draw was made, the Trust board discussed our desire to renew the priority arrangements we have enjoyed in the past.

“Murry immediately made the case to the football club board and we are delighted to say that the arrangement we have had in the past has been renewed.”

As part of the agreement between the Football Club and Trust, there will be a cut-off for new members to receive ticket priority.

All existing Trust members will be automatically receive priority as per the club’s official announcement on Friday.

Any supporter wishing to become a member and receive priority must be a paid-up member before midnight on Tuesday, August 15.

Supporters were able to sign up for membership before and after Saturday’s game against Crawley Town and can do at Tuesday night’s Checkatrade Trophy game against Swansea City Under-21s.

Trust members will then be able to purchase one ticket per valid membership on Wednesday, August 16 and Thursday, August 17, prior to general sale starting on Friday, August 18.

Fan Elected Director Murry Toms said: “Part of my responsibility as the Trust’s FED is to fight for the rights of our members, so as soon as the tie was drawn I put our case to my fellow board members.

“Ticket priority is one of the Trust’s key selling points and I am pleased that the rest of the board have been open to renewing the arrangements we have enjoyed in the past.

“This priority should mean all Trust members are guaranteed a ticket for one of our biggest home games in years, who knows you could have a ticket for Man United in the next round too!”

Trust members will be entitled to one ticket per membership. Family members will have access to a maximum of two adult tickets and the number of child tickets as prescribed on their membership.

Anyone wishing to join the Trust can do so via www.robinstrust.org. Membership forms, for fans paying by cash, will also be available prior to the Crawley and Swansea games.